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‘Video Games Cause Violence’ Argument Reignited by Sudden Onslaught of Animal Crossing Addicts

By Ashley Wang | National News |

On March 20th, 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' was finally released on the Nintendo Switch. Although the long-awaited game has saved many from boredom, it’s also plunged Animal Crossing fanatics into full-on madness.

Animal Crossing Addictive Disorder, or ACAD for short, has shaken the entire world in just a few weeks. (Medical experts suspect that WHO has failed to recognize ACAD as a mental disorder because its treatment involves going outside and breaking quarantine.) Its symptoms include talking to yourself, fascination with fish, and compulsive axe-sharpening in the middle of the night. This sudden surge in ACAD cases has reignited an old debate—do video games really cause violence?

The Pasquinade contacted some local parents to find out. “I’m really concerned for my son Mitchell,” one father says. “I found his light on at 1 am, but when I went into Mitchell’s room to check on him, he hit me on the head with a bug net and chased me out!”

“The only thing my daughter does all day is collect virtual fruit and talk to funky-looking dogs,” says Barbara Sullivan, mother of two. “I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should pay attention to her instead of refreshing my Facebook all day. Sorry, wait, what was the question?”

It seems that opinions on Animal Crossing are mixed. We asked Nintendo to comment on the potential harmful effects of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but they haven’t responded yet. We’ll post any updates we have on the situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, stay safe out there, Animal Crossing players.

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